Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool and Barcelona set to finalise Coutinho agreement in next few hours

He’s leaving

Philippe Coutinho is set to leave Liverpool for Barcelona, with the Reds finally agreeing to sell the player to the La Liga side.

Liverpool had held firm on a sale, but after the player himself submitted an official transfer request, it became clear they would eventually have to sell him – and were just waiting for Barcelona to add their initial offers for him.

It seems clear that the offer will be in excess of £100 million, with Jurgen Klopp claiming Coutinho would be going nowhere, and the biggest issue being his injury keeping him out of the team – yet it seems now keeping a player who wants to leave no longer makes sense to the Reds.

That’s according to the Express at least, who cite several reports from Spain, including that of Mundo Deportivo, who think a deal could be done in the next few days, with a bid as high as £118 million now thought to be on the table from the Cules, who themselves are desperate to bring in at least a couple of star names and claw back some pride after the Neymar debacle.

Big money to spend

Of course, Barcelona have a huge amount of money to spend this summer because they of course sold Neymar against their wishes to PSG, and in turn, should Coutinho go to Barcelona for £118 million, they will then of course have money themselves.

One player the Reds have been chasing all summer is Virgil van Dijk, who they of course have been strongly linked with, and who is someone the fans think they seriously need.

Given their defending on the opening weekend of the season, and Dejan Lovren’s performance against Hoffenheim, that’s little wonder, and after his blatant refusal to play for Southampton, a club record offer may even be enough for the Reds to finally land their man.